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Active Adult Communities in Gainesville, Haymarket and Bristow, and Surrounding Area of Virginia

Active Adult Communities in Gainesville, Haymarket and Bristow, and Surrounding Area of Virginia

55 is the new 45

You may have heard that 55 is the new 45. Builders are keeping this youthful spirit in mind when designing their active adult communities. These communities aren’t a place where you just play shuffleboard and grab the early bird special at 4. They are planned with active adults in mind. These builders realize that people are retiring later (and often are still commuting to jobs) and want engaging amenities conveniently located close to home. There are many communities in the Gainesville, Haymarket and Bristow areas that cater to the next generation of (soon-to-be) retirees. Check out these beautiful communities:

· Heritage Hunt in Gainesville – If you love to golf, this Lennar community is for you. Built around a championship 18-hole golf course, you can roll out of bed in the morning and tee off practically in your backyard, or find easy access to RT 66 for commuters. This gated community also brings you luxurious, country club living with dozens of amenities. Between them, three clubhouses offer a grand ballroom, activity rooms, a golf pro shop, fine dining, billiards and much more. This community offers maintenance-free living with accessible floor plans. You can choose from a luxury elevator condominium, low-maintenance duplex, villas, or a main-level living single-family home. If you love nature, you can enjoy the long walking paths throughout the community and absorb the scenic views of the Bull Run Mountain!

· Regency at Dominion Valley in Haymarket – Another golfer’s paradise, this Toll Brother’s community also boasts a terrific executive golf course and provides access to the standard Dominion Valley golf course. This upscale community also has condominium, attached and detached homes, so you can find the space that truly suits you. There are plenty of community activities. To stay fit and active, they have indoor and outdoor pools as well as a fitness center with an aerobics studio, a yoga room and a spin class. If you enjoy outdoor activities, there are many parks and on-site trails to explore. And you won’t have to worry about maintaining your yard here. They offer lawn and exterior care and snow removal as a few of the many community perks.

· Dunbarton in Bristow – Part of the larger Braemar community built by Brookfield Homes, this gated community has almost 500 single-family and attached home residences. It boasts many recreational activities and resort-style amenities, like a 21,000 square foot clubhouse, a library, a billiards parlor, a ballroom, an indoor and outdoor pools and a fitness center. Close to D.C., this is a great location if you have to commute to the city for work. It’s also close enough to the countryside, mountains and fabulous golf courses to be an ideal spot for retirement.

· NEW – Regency at Catharpin Creek in nearby Catharpin – This 125- acre active adult community by Toll Brothers is currently under construction. Infrastructure should be completed by the fall, with the possibility of pre-sales starting at that time. It will have the same Toll Brothers quality of construction and include a gated entrance, clubhouse, pools and walking trails, but it will not have a golf course. Phase one has been approved by Prince William County for 79 single-family units.

Jacobson Realty and Home Staging knows this area well and has worked with home sellers and home buyers in different phases of life. You can rest easy knowing that when you work with us, you are getting expert advice from professionals who live in the area and know the communities. If you or someone you know would like more information on communities in Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow or surrounding areas of Virginia, we’re here. Give us a call or send us an email. We’d be happy to guide you to your next home purchase.

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Find Medical Care at Its Best in Gainesville and Haymarket, VA

Find Medical Care at Its Best in Gainesville and Haymarket, VA

Health is everything

Health is everything. And good medical care is crucial. People in the Gainesville and Haymarket, VA areas are fortunate to have access to high quality healthcare in their own backyards. These facilities provide emergency services, general medical services, maternity care, surgery, cancer services and much more. You can count on top notch medical care with superb medical staff using cutting-edge technology in a clean and friendly environment at these two centers:

Novant Haymarket Medical Center

This facility offers a variety of medical services using cutting-edge technology. Some of the services they offer include:

· Breast care – They have a dedicated breast care center to screen for and treat breast cancer. You will have a team of medical professionals to help you navigate every step of your treatment.

· Emergency services – In an emergency, you want to know you’re getting the best possible care in the shortest amount of time. Novant stands behind their wait times and publishes them online, so you can check before you leave for the hospital.

· Heart and vascular – This medical center has won awards for their heart and vascular services. You can count on your team of highly-skilled doctors, cardiovascular technologists and nurses if you need these services.

· Orthopedics – From injuries to chronic pain, the orthopedic specialists at Novant can help you. Some of their services include total joint replacement for knees, hip, elbows and shoulders, sports medicine procedures, tendon and nerve repair and specialized hand, wrist and elbow surgery.

· Pain management – You don’t have to live with chronic pain when you can receive pain management services from the team of experts here.

· Pediatric services – Take comfort in knowing your children will also receive the highest quality of medical care from one of their pediatricians, family medicine doctors or pediatric subspecialists. For babies who require extra medical care, they have a fully-equipped, level 1 nursery with board-certified neonatologists and NICU-experienced nurses.

· Stroke and neurosciences – Receive treatment for many different conditions that can affect your brain and nervous system, including stroke.

· Women’s health – Girls and women can get the best quality care from a variety of specialists. A few services they offer include cancer diagnosis and treatment, bone health, high-risk pregnancy, maternity services, menopause, stroke, uterine fibroids, breast health, uterine artery embolization, vein health and more.

Novant Health Cancer Center at Lake Manassas

This is another amazing facility our area offers. You can get a personalized, comprehensive cancer treatment plan here. The center is a free-standing, dedicated facility so you don’t have to navigate a large hospital campus to get to your appointments. Appointments are fast and easily accessible. The best weapon against cancer is early detection, so this center also offers cancer screening in addition to treatment. They offer imaging such as MRI, ultrasound, x-ray, nuclear medicine, mammography and CT. In addition, they offer biopsy, endoscopy, lab tests and staging. This center is nationally recognized by the American College of Radiology. They treat all major types of cancer.

As residents, we are not only proud of the medical services these facilities offer, we feel genuinely reassured knowing that we have preventative care as well as treatment available for most illnesses. It’s comforting to know that help is just a few miles away and that we have excellent medical professionals close by. If you would like more information on what else our area offers, contact Jacobson Realty and Home Staging. We’d be happy to show you why we call this place home.

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Why Gainesville, Haymarket and Bristow Virginia Schools Are the Best

Why Gainesville, Haymarket and Bristow Virginia Schools Are the Best

Kids are the future

Kids are the future, so we want to make sure they shine by providing the best possible education. Many families relocate to Gainesville, Haymarket or Bristow for the top-notch education the area provides. With all of the acclaim area schools have received lately, it’s no mystery why parents would be flocking to these school districts. Add winning sports records, high test scores and great facilities and you have a formula for a well-rounded education. Check out why so many parents are interested in moving to the area.

· Highly ranked schools – U.S. News and World Report ranks some of the area schools very high on national, state and local levels. Battlefield High in Haymarket ranked first out of 11 Prince William County schools and 23rd in the entire state. Prince William County had 34 schools receive the School of Excellence Distinction Award for the 2014-2015 school year.

· High test scores – Test scores aren’t everything, but they can be a good indicator of the quality of education children are receiving. Prince William County Schools scored higher than most schools in the state on reading and writing SOLs. They had a 90 percent pass rate on high school reading SOLS. They outperformed other schools in the state on eight different tests in this subject matter.

· Winning sports and extracurricular teams – Education is important, but to be well-balanced, kids need great after-school activities too. If they’re into clubs, sports, music or art, they can find the club or team to suit their taste and maybe even bring home an award or two. Battlefield High School had a great year in sports in the 2014-2015 school year. Their girls’ soccer team brought home a state title, and the wrestling team brought home a regional title. Brentsville District boys cross country team won a state title as well. The robotics team from Battlefield High also won 1st place at the Battle of Baltimore Competition, while the Marching Bobats won Class AAAA Champions and Highest Scores in Visual and General Effect at the Stafford Marching Invitational.

· Top elementary education – Of the top 10 elementary schools (as ranked byCruvita), six are located in either Haymarket or Bristow. You can rest easy knowing your kids are getting the best education as soon as they enter Kindergarten in these amazing schools.

· State of the art facilities and equipment – From planetariums to iPad and laptop access for most classrooms, Prince William County has fantastic facilities and technology to help your child learn how to navigate the technological world. Children learn how to type, use different types of software and the Internet at an early age. They play learning games that make homework fun at school or on websites where they can log in from home.

· Easy access – Like the rest of these bustling communities, the schools are conveniently located, especially for working parents who need to drop kids off on their way to the morning commute to DC. These communities all give easy access to I-66 and I-95.

Jacobson Realty and Home Staging prides itself on knowing this community inside and out. We interact with residents all the time. We live here. And we love where we live. This is our community of choice. If you would like to know more about this place we call home, contact us today.

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Holiday “Spirits” are Bright in Prince William County, VA

Holiday “Spirits” are Bright in Prince William County, VA

The holidays

The holidays are a time to eat, drink and be merry. And you can do all of the above at many of the breweries in and around Prince William County. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life, or perhaps you need a good brew to bring to a holiday party, shop local and sample some of these breweries’ delicious offerings to help you choose your holiday gifts. Here are some great local places to imbibe:

· Tin Cannon Brewing Co. (7679 Limestone Drive #130, Gainesville) – With creative craft beer names like Unkel Dunkel and Honey We’re On a Date, you can be sure you’re in for a good time. You can typically find 6 to 12 beers on tap at a time, with their standard offerings, some seasonal brews and a few they call experimental. Their experimental beers are where they really let their imaginations run wild, like an amber ale with notes of bacon and chipotle peppers, called Breakfast of Champions. Sample beers, enjoy a pint or take home a growler Thursday through Sunday afternoons and evenings.

· Heritage Brewing Company (9436 Center Point Lane, Manassas) – This veteran-owned and operated brewery is committed to quality beer and social consciousness. They use only organic and sustainable ingredients, try to have the smallest carbon footprint possible and give 1% of their profits back to charity. You can choose from their flagship beers, seasonals, limited edition, oak aged or experimental brews. Enjoy beers from their tap room Thursday through Sunday, or take a tour on Saturdays.

· BadWolf Brewing Company (9776 Center Street, Manassas) – This company’s first location offers a cozy setting to sample a few of their staple beers, plus their experimental and pilot test batches. Family-owned and operated, this brewery offers unique beers like a stout called Chocolate Covered Banana or Mango IPA.

· Big BadWolf (8420 Kao Circle, Manassas) – The new second location of BadWolf Brewing offers tons of seating where you can enjoy a wider variety of your BadWolf favorites. Or, you might choose to enjoy a growler or keg at home. BadWolf doesn’t serve food at this location, but they welcome you to bring your own or order delivery.

· Old Bust Head Brewing Company (7134 Lineweaver Road, Vint Hill) – Old Bust Head Brewing Company is named for a historic crossroads in Fauquier County. Some say the locals came up with the nickname when a neighbor fell off his horse after overdoing it. Others say the locals who drank liked to fight, or that they fell down and “busted their heads” on the road. No matter where the name came from, this brewery is known for dozens of craft beers on tap and in bottles. The brewery prides itself on investing in sustainability with its “green” building, energy efficient brewhouse and geothermal heating. The brewery also supports farmers and buys ingredients and supplies locally.

In addition to existing breweries, a new brewery is coming to Prince William County. The old Thomasson Barn at Innovation Park will become an $8 million “destination brewery.” Eventually, it will include an onsite brewing and packaging facility, bistro, tasting room, retail store, beer garden, hops fields, walking trails and bocce court.

Jacobson Realty and Home Staging prides itself on being closely connected with the community and up-to-date on not only the real estate market, but the neighborhoods themselves. If you would like more information on this area we call home, contact us. And Happy Holidays!

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Hylton Performing Arts Center: The Arts Diamond of Prince William County, VA

Hylton Performing Arts Center: The Arts Diamond of Prince William County, VA

 processing language, math, and logic.

We spend so much time in our daily lives focused on left brain thinking — processing language, math, and logic. It’s time to exercise your right brain, stimulating it with art and music. The arts are so important for a well-rounded education, for children and adults alike, yet they are the most underfunded and undervalued enterprises. The Hylton Performing Arts Center aims to change that, bringing the arts to life for thousands of Prince William County residents and beyond.

Located in Manassas, Virginia, the center has 85,000 square feet of unique spaces where audiences can delight in their favorite performances and galleries. They have Merchant Hall, an elegant opera house with a stage and orchestra pit, where you can enjoy symphonies, dance, opera and theater. If you enjoy dance, theater, cabaret and chamber groups, you will usually find them in the Gregory Family Theater. Standing receptions and dinners are generally enjoyed in the Didlake Grand Foyer, while visual arts are usually rotated through the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery.

Recently, the Hylton Performing Arts Center brought a Tony Award-winning cast to their stage with The Midtown Men. Four award-winning stars from the musical Jersey Boys make up this musical group, which performs classic hits from the 1960s. The center also hosted In The Company of Laureates, a gathering of five states’ award-winning poets for readings, panel discussions, workshops, open mics and other celebrations of poetry. These are just a few examples of the range of arts you can explore.

If you’re looking for family-friendly fun, the Hylton Family Series bring arts education and performances to your children. With performances like Clifford the Big Red Dog Live, Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy: The Musical, Peter Rabbit Tales and more, your kids will find hours of highly engaging entertainment here.

Here are some upcoming events at the Hylton Performing Arts Center:
Bing Crosby and the Recording Revolution
Nov. 4, 2015 at 10:30 am
Art of Time Ensemble: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Nov. 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Manassas Chorale: The Spirit of Christmas
Dec. 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Art Feast
Nov. 16, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016
Mason Opera presents La vie de La Bohème
Dec. 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm

For more events, view the full event calendar.

There is nearly always something art-related going on in Prince William County, whether you enjoy performing arts, music, dance, painting or literary art, and as active parts of the community, we keep up with the trends. For more information on our area, call us at 703-338-9678 or email us.

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